Wednesday, February 8, 2012

French Macarons

Not the dense coconut version of a cookie, no, these are the French version. Tiny, light, crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside bites of yumminess. Typically filled with creamy fillings, or jam (like raspberry) French macarons are the perfect treat. I took a class with Internationally known pastry chef Ciril Hitz and then tried my hand at home.
The ingredients are simple, the execution...not so much.
Egg whites, almond flour, confectioners sugar...
sift the confectioners sugar and almond flour together
beat the egg whites until they have stiff peaks and then fold them into the flour mixture. At first it looks like cottage cheese, but keep folding and soon you will have a thick, shiny batter.
Pipe the batter onto a baking sheet
Bake for 10-12 minutes and pray that the little "feet" appear...that crunchy little band at the bottom of the cookies.
Let them cool while you make a filling. I made lemon curd-basically melted butter with lemon juice, lemon zest and egg yolks whisked in (in a non-reactive pan, over medium heat) until it thickens.
Put the two together and pop one in your mouth. These are my first attempt at macarons. I can see the mistakes-they are bumpy on top for one thing, but they still tasted divine. The best news of all-even the mistakes taste delicious. You can google macaron recipe's online, Martha Stewart has an easy version, or check out for future classes. Have you ever made macarons? Do tell!

Macaron diagram compliments of Serious Eats


  1. Hi Jackie, I have made macarons. I went through a macaron phase two years ago. Don't give up. Yours look great! Bumps on top can be erradicated by sieving your almond flour before doing your macronage. I have made peanut, macadamia, and pecan flour. The possibilities are endless and endlessly fun.

  2. I'll have to get Mark to make me some of those. He made Coca Cola cake yesterday. It is delicious.

  3. I can't bake to save my life but I am going to hint to a few friends to make them...they look delish!

  4. Oh Jackie! Yum! Do you think you could bring some of these to the show in May? Please? I love lemon anything!

  5. Oh had me at macaroon. No, I can say I have never tried making them....but you are seriously tempting me. I mean seriously. (This post should have had some kind of warning on it you not....not for the hungry or even remotely hungry.....) ;o) Thanks for sharing! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  6. Never tried making them, however had the in Paris! Love them. Thanks for sharing!